Hispanic-Serving Community Colleges: Exploring STEM Pathways, Support Systems, and Advancing Men of Color

Little attention has been paid to the role of minority-serving two-year institutions, in particular Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) is fairly young and primarily centers on the four-year context while there is a dearth of information available on HSCCs. Over half of Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) are HSCCs, and approximately 80% of HSCCs are in urban communities with a critical mass of Black and Latino male attendees. Minority-serving community colleges have a largely unrecognized role in the degree attainment of students of color specifically the impact on Hispanic and other racially minoritized student outcomes has been largely unexplored. The presenters will facilitate a discussion on the intersection of student and institutional identity, talk with attendees about the disconnect between college designations and their responsiveness (or lack thereof) to Black and Latino men. Findings from case study research will be shared pertaining to academic/social experiences and challenges navigating transfer pathways leading to further education.

Furthermore, this session will engage attendees in a conversation regarding practices and processes that support postsecondary engagement with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics pathways more specifically and overall degree attainment for men of color.